The doctor's "inncocent" request for a 4th edition

This doctor is on the Alcoholics Anoymous World Services Board. On Sunday, March 19, 2000, he attended the AA Assembly to secretly arrange with our General Service Conference Delegate and our Area Chair and the Alternate Delegate for more effective and silent investigation within AA re: the 4th edition of the big book. Though the AAWS Board is in possession of 4th edition copies since last millenium he submitted a cute innocent request for another copy on March 8, 2000. Here is AA Big Book Study Group's reply to him followed by a copy of his original letter for your consideration.

open letter March 20, 2000

George E. Vaillant, M.D.
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Division of Psychiatry
75 Francis Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Dear Dr. Vaillant:

This letter is in response to your request dated March 8, 2000, for "The Fourth Edition" BBSG publication. We regret that we cannot honor your request for this publication.

As a Nonalcoholic (Class A) member of the AAWS, Inc. Board of Trustees and the Trustees' Literature Committee you are well aware of the ongoing litigation initiated by AAWS, Inc. against BBSG. This personally punitive and publicly controversial litigation is in direct violation of AA's Tenth Tradition and Concept XII, Warranty Five of the Concepts for World Service.

We consider your request as another attempt on behalf of the Board of Trustees to further AAWS, Inc.'s continuing violation of Tradition 10 and Concept XII, Warranty Five to instigate further litigation and character assassination.

If you would like to receive a copy of this publication, you may contact Delegates of the General Service Conference who have, or soon will receive copies of the aforementioned publication. The publication is a reprint of the First Edition of the AA book, which is in the public domain.

If we are in error by assuming that you, as a member of the Board, are in favor of the flagrant violations of Tradition 10 and Concept XII, Warranty Five and place the Board of Trustees above the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous in a governmental and punitive role in this public controversy, we apologize. If you want to engage in a dialogue with us rather than just take the word of those only interested in money, property and prestige we would be more than happy to do so.